• #MeToo, Bullying And What We All Can Do Now

    Indeed, it is an interesting time with so much continuing to come out in Hollywood, the media, other industries, and even our state government related to the sexual harassment of women - women who have remained silent for years. Like those women, I too have been harassed in various ways over the course of my career, even in recent years - and yes, even in top leadership roles. The headline about my departure or the email citing that I was moving on never fully told the real story.

  • Greg Ballard is the former mayor of Indianapolis and a co-founder and current board member of Indy Women in Tech.

    Shining a Spotlight on Women in Tech

    I still get a thrill driving through the gates of our legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway and I will be lucky enough to do so for an entire week soon. This week, the best women golfers in the world will once again display their talents at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in the Indy Women in Tech Championship. However, the tournament is much more than an athletic competition. It is an opportunity to support a solution to a critical economic and workforce development issue.

  • How to Ensure Proper 401(k) Benefits Education

    From pay rate to wellness programs, there are many important areas that employers need to pay attention to regularly; however, there is one that is often forgotten — 401(k) benefits. A 401(k) plan provides employees with the opportunity to deduct a portion of their pay and use it as a contribution towards retirement. Properly saving for retirement is vital to ensuring a healthy lifestyle after an employee’s career comes to an end, but 50 percent of Americans claim to not...

  • Statewide Solutions To The Employment Crisis

    With Indiana consistently hovering near record-low unemployment, it's no surprise employers are struggling mightily to fill all shapes and sizes of positions. And Indiana is not alone. This employment crisis is happening throughout the country. Companies have been trying to tackle this issue on their own for some time. Whether it’s more and better amenities such as free lunch and unlimited vacation, or covering 100 percent of its employees’ healthcare costs...

  • Dominance in The Stock Market

    What do Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google have in common? All are "growth" stocks and are currently dominating the stock market. Will these companies continue performing better than other companies, or will their "day in the sun" end? Currently, the stock market is all about growth stocks. You don't hear much about value stocks any more. So, what does that mean for good, old-fashioned value investing?

  • The State of Our Waters: The White River's Impact on Our Local Economy

    As we turn our attention to the importance of the White River to our region, it's important that we don't neglect water's impact on our economy. Regional water planning is paramount to ensuring that our state continues to have the natural resources needed to keep our communities safe and support our state’s economy, which is what we aim to do through the inaugural Indiana Water Summit.

  • Stay Vigilant When Hiring Outside Service Providers

    Recently, I heard about a new form of theft against a central Indiana nonprofit. Using the organization's login information for its credit card processor, a perpetrator was able to issue repeated refunds to a Russian bank account. The first two - for $9,000 and $21,000 - were processed. The third attempt for $80,000, however, was caught by the business administrator when he logged into the account and noticed the pending payment. Ultimately the organization has the responsibility...

  • As 'Quits' Rise, Fair Pay Practices Become More Important

    Call it a perfect storm: As employee "quits" reach high levels in a strong economy while gender pay equity issues come to the forefront, employers are finally getting serious about their fair pay practices. Here's how these factors are converging and what that convergence means for employee compensation and total rewards...

  • Consumers Pay For Credit Union Federal Tax Entitlement

    The credit union industry has been pushing back against widespread rationale to have credit unions pay federal taxes, despite the fact that other organizations, providing the same services in the same industry, pay their fair share. Even individual taxpayers, who on average pay $7,899 each in annual federal taxes, per the U.S. Census Bureau, pay more than all U.S. credit unions combined.

  • Inside Scoop on the New Kiddie Tax

    Historically, high-income families moved investments into the names of their children so their investment income would be taxed at a lower rate. Congress wasn’t a fan of this strategy and retaliated with the Kiddie Tax in 1986, which was recently restructured. What will the new Kiddie Tax mean for your kids’ custodial accounts? And, how will it impact your taxes? The Basics As with many other areas of the tax code, the Kiddie Tax was restructured by the Tax Cuts and Jobs...
  • Stop Tolerating Intolerance

    If there's a gift we've been given from the recent abhorrent vandalism at the Shaary Tefilla Temple, it's the less-than-subtle reminder that prejudice and hatred isn't gone. Not from the world, not from our country and not from our communities.

  • Ten Ways to Make The Most of Your College Visit

    Not everyone visits a college for the first time and knows quite instantly that it is where they will attend. But I think that most everyone would agree that college visits can highly influence a final decision. And with the school year starting back up, now is the perfect time to start thinking about planning a visit. Here are ten ways to ensure that you make the most of your college visit...

  • Dan Arens is an Indiana-based business growth advisor.

    The One Game to Improve Your Strategy Skills

    The decade of the 1970s was not only a tumultuous time for America, it was also a time of opportunity for Japanese automakers. The strategies they employed were taken directly from the game of games for strategists. It is also known as the game of kings. The game of chess has been around for ages. It is a game of strategy and skill that helps players with their critical decision making skills. Japanese automakers knew they had a formidable foe in the American automakers...

  • Tax Reform Update On Business Meals And Entertainment

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law in December. The law will phase in a wide variety of changes to the way businesses calculate their tax liabilities - some beneficial, some detrimental. Revisions to the treatment of employee meals and entertainment expenses fall into the latter category.

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    Target-Date Funds: Are They Right For You?

    No matter what your investment skill level, chances are you've come across something called a "target-date fund" - sometimes referred to as a "lifecycle" or "age-based" fund. The most common place you'll find this particular type of investment is in your company's 401(k) retirement plan. So how does it differ from other funds? And should you invest in one? Target-date funds have become increasingly more prevalent in recent years.

  • Richardson is a senior manager with Centric Consulting.

    The Hard Truth About The CMO And The CIO

    Take this scenario in a vacuum: The CMO wants a platform, researches options for use, gets a demonstration of the products, makes the decision, and tells her team to execute. Awesome. The CIO hears of this excitement in the next executive team meeting and cringes inside. Another platform expected to produce radical results that she will have to manage and support all without her approval or knowing. In an ideal world...

  • Consumers Lose With Tax On Credit Unions

    Even though the banking industry is enjoying record profits, it is trying to convince lawmakers to take steps against its competition by adding new taxes to credit unions, which are consumer-owned cooperatives. Increasing taxes on credit unions would effectively be increasing taxes on the more than 2 million consumers in Indiana who belong to them. Here's why consumers will lose if banks win on this issue.

  • A Successful Startup Needs to Do Three Things

    Starting a new business is a scary proposition. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, half of all businesses no longer exist after five years, and only about one-third make it past their 10th anniversary. Central Indiana, in particular, sees a flow of new businesses and ventures -- from tech startups to restaurants -- come and go year after year. As the owner of a company celebrating 100 years this October, I've learned a thing or two about...

  • Time to Recycle Smarter

    The United States exported almost half of its recyclable paper and plastic to China for many years without any issues. It worked well. Americans like to recycle and China wanted the materials to feed their manufacturing base. Things changed, however, when the Chinese government began implementing tighter import restrictions on recyclables in 2013.

  • Become a Millionaire... Overnight?

    Today, everyone's obsessed with instant gratification. Same-day delivery; websites loading in one-second flat; speedy answers to all questions; and a few taps on a keypad to stay in touch with family and friends. What about personal finances - is it realistic to expect instant results? My Lottery Experiment I’m not immune to the allure of becoming an instant millionaire. I spent part of a recent road trip fantasizing about winning the lottery. I even planned how I’d spen...
  • Job Insights For The Third Quarter

    To provide accurate and timely employment forecasts for business leaders, Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters conducts an ongoing Job Insights survey to track quarterly hiring trends across a wide range of industries. Express surveyed business owners, decision makers, and human resource professionals about the overall hiring trends in their markets and how they impact their hiring decisions. Overall confidence remains high going into the second half of 2018.

  • The Collaboration Score: The Missing Link in Site Selection

    Location modeling and real estate site selection is a process companies may undertake either through the use of internal resources or by outsourcing the task to a company that specializes in the field. A qualified site selection professional or firm will apply a methodical approach to the process in order to evaluate all factors that are important to a location decision and ultimately reach a conclusion about which site will best serve the needs of the company. One approach is...

  • Three Ways to Stand Out In a Competitive Hospitality Market

    For many business leaders in the Indianapolis area, it can be difficult to differentiate your brand from competitors. Indianapolis is booming, and we're in an era where consumers have access to countless choices! That's why it's more important than ever for brands to provide consumers with compelling reasons to spend their hard-earned money on their product or services.

  • Focused Collaboration Leads to Effective STEM Leadership

    As a woman who has built a career in a STEM field, technology, I have come to realize that collaboration is an essential ingredient for organizational growth and survival. As my year serving as president for Women & Hi Tech comes to an end, one of the most impactful takeaways for me has been how a shared vision and strategic partnerships can help change the landscape for women studying science, technology, engineering or math in Indiana.

  • Bond Yield Curve: Indicating Recession?

    The bond market's yield curve is sending us warning signals of an impending recession. What exactly is the yield curve? Is it really an indicator of the health of our economy? Should you care what shape it's in - steep, flat, or inverted? Yes, investors should pay attention! Let's start with the basics...

  • Shawn Gardner

    How Veterans Can Help Close Indiana's Skills Gap

    Over one million computing and engineering positions will need filled by 2020. It's a staggering statistic; however, with studies predicting only 400,000 computer-related students will graduate by that time, it is more important than ever the technology skills gap is diminished. One way to close this gap is to recruit military veterans to the tech industry. After all, it is the perfect match.

  • What is The Site Selectors Guild And Why You Should Care?

    Founded in 2010, the Site Selectors Guild is an organization comprised of the top site selectors in the world. Membership carries the highest professional standards in the site selection industry. The members of Guild are peer-selected after a rigorous application and personal interview process, which involves feedback from current members of the SSG and economic development professionals from around the world. So, why should you care about the SSG?

  • Scott Flood is the owner of Scott Flood Writing.

    The Dangers of Lazy Data Analysis

    A well-known consumer marketer emailed what they thought was an irresistible offer. Using my address, they deduced that I must be a St. Louis Cardinals fan and presented me with a great deal on some Cards memorabilia. Bad move. My lifelong allegiance lies with a team that plays at the intersection of Clark and Addison in my hometown of Chicago. And few things trigger a Cubs fan’s fury as much as the sight of a particular red bird.

  • Visitor Control Is An Employee Benefit

    The last time you interviewed for a job, you probably spent your time focusing on responsibilities, compensation and benefits. You probably didn't even think of something more important: would working there put your life in danger?

  • Contemplating a Side Hustle? Not So Fast!

    Ever thought about taking up a "side hustle" or part-time gig to earn extra cash? Digital platforms are making it easier than ever to land secondary sources of income. But before plunging in headfirst, investigate the hidden costs of your new money-making venture. It may sound good, but will the paycheck really make it worthwhile?

  • About The Hospitality And Tourism Cluster

    When 8th graders are asked the question "what does the hospitality and tourism field mean to you?," most will initially think of amusement parks, visiting zoos, site seeing historic places, traversing a state park or exploring underground caves. Many students would not think of all that the field has to offer such as: the performing arts, museums, sports and entertainment. Hospitality goes far beyond the idea of a city welcoming tourists and travelers. It is...

  • Dan Arens is an Indiana-based business growth advisor.

    Company Leadership Requires At Least Three Abilities

    A young owner of a thriving business asked an older and wiser business owner one day what it took to be a successful CEO. The seasoned businessman did not hesitate before saying there are at least three things they must do and do well: 1. Establish the vision, 2. Recruit, hire and retain the best staff, and 3. Be certain there is always enough cash in the bank.

  • 5 Ways to Celebrate the Other Holiday This Week

    The 4th of July is this week, which is a standard holiday that several professionals are lucky enough to have off from work in order to celebrate our country's independence. However, there's another holiday that we often forget this time of year, which is equally important - especially to those of us who write goals annually - the half-year mark. Happy Half-New Year!

  • Advice to Young Adults: Change Your Mindset!

    Orthodontist with college loans equaling one million dollars! Unthinkable? Fortunately, the majority of young adults escape that financial trap. But many develop a mindset that accepts debt, ignores saving, and promotes a declining future lifestyle. Josh Mitchell with the Wall Street Journal recently wrote about an orthodontist who accumulated more than $1 million in student loan debt. Incredible! What's even more astounding is at least another 100 Americans are in the same boat. Whi...
  • Wages Up, Unemployment Down But Pay Still Lagging

    Could the tight labor market, where every Indiana county experienced a lower unemployment rate in 2017 compared to 2016, actually be driving up wages? New private-sector wage data indicate such might be happening. Plus last year's growth at the state level exceeded inflation, creating more buying power with the dollars Hoosiers earned.

  • Dealing With Dealer And Distributor Networks

    Many companies in the business-to-business world sell their products through networks of outside dealers, independent distributors, or similar arrangements. While those arrangements make it possible for even a small company to quickly gain a broad reach, they can also reduce the control the company has over its image and messages.

  • For Dow AgroSciences And Now Corteva, Indiana is Home

    Almost 30 years ago, an enterprising group of women and men right here in Indianapolis launched what would become one of the most innovative ventures in the world of agriculture - Dow AgroSciences. They created more than just an economically viable business. They built a life sciences enterprise that would have a major, positive impact on farmers, families and communities across Indiana, the nation and the world. Now we are joining forces with other leaders in agriculture innovation...

  • Communication with Your Frontline Workers Is Essential to Success

    Most companies dedicate substantial time and energy to researching, planning and implementing communication strategies that build stronger relationships with their customers, but the most successful also dedicate an equally significant amount of energy to communicating with their employees. Legendary former General Electric Chief Executive Officer Jack Welch once said...

  • Rising Interest Rates: Impact on Investments

    Rising interest rates have been in the news recently. Has the economic jargon overwhelmed you and left you anxious, or did you ignore the topic altogether? Neither strategy is in your best interests! Why? Because rising interest rates impact your investment portfolio. Understanding interest-rate movements and how they affect your portfolio can be difficult. Luckily, knowing a few basic points can help you feel more confident as you navigate through the current economic environment.

  • The Evolution of Business: From Bottom Line to Value Creation And Impact

    In today's world, consumers want to know how corporations, as a whole, are taking a stand. In fact, customers are 43 percent more likely to purchase a product from a company they know is committed to social value. It's not just consumers pushing this trend. Financial service industry leaders, like KeyBank's Beth Mooney and BlackRock's Larry Fink, are challenging business owners and the C-Suite to rethink their economic impact, environmental footprint and social conscience.

  • Why Tech in The Midwest Attracts Capital

    Indianapolis is no longer simply a racing and manufacturing hub. The tech scene in Indy, and across the Midwest, has exploded over the past decade, with no sign of stopping. Last year alone, Indiana's tech industry contributed $14.1 billion to the economy. What's driving the growth and making Indianapolis stand out among coastal cities for venture capital investment, talent and more?

  • Delegation Spurs Growth

    When was the last time you or your nonprofit board delegated something? Better yet, when was the last time you should have delegated something but didn't? Effective delegation is an art and often lacking, but by following a few simple steps it becomes easier and can spur growth and sustainability in an organization. In the grand scheme, there is no lack of tasks to delegate, and yet few people can do it effectively.

  • Top Five Out-of-Site Trends in Site Selection

    Whenever anyone asks me about my job, their first question is usually "what are the big trends in your industry?" Just kidding. Their first question is "you do what now?" But once we get past that they want to know what factors are driving our clients' decisions.

  • An Antidote For First-Time Homebuyer Jitters

    If you're a Millennial like I am, chances are you're in the market to purchase your first home. It's exciting!  But since it's most likely the largest purchase you've ever made, it can quickly turn into a nerve-racking endeavor. Having just completed a transaction, I found that following these guidelines can ensure a smooth process. Every homebuyer's experience will be different because of a number of variables such as what state you live in and the condition of the housing mark...
  • The Disappearing Act: Tracking Down Missing Patients

    Do you have former patients with outstanding debts who are difficult, and almost impossible, to find? You are not alone. In fact, data from athenahealth found that practices overall collect just 12 percent of outstanding balances at the time of service and collect nothing 67 percent of the time. Much like a magician does for his or her finale, some patients will pull off a disappearing act when it’s time to pay a bill. Instead of feeling thrilled or impressed, you may feel...

  • Notice and Right-to-Cure Statutes: Turning a Shield Into a Sword

    As construction season ramps up, so, too, can the number of construction defect claims by homeowners. Some states, including Indiana, have enacted statutes that mandate prospective complainants to provide builders and other construction professionals the opportunity to fix the issues before litigation commences. But that same shield from litigation can turn costly for construction companies if they ignore these notices.

  • Investing vs. Spending Time

    Have you ever noticed that the world seems to be divided into two camps? There are the people who invest time and people who spend time.  No matter which camp you’re in, everyone knows that time is valuable and this tends to motivate people in different ways. What you choose to do with your time can affect your success and relationships. Are you investing or spending your time in your organization? Do you even know the difference? I find that most people who are spending...

  • Robby Slaughter

    News Flash: Most Phone Calls Are Interruptions

    There’s something special about reading this blog post. It’s not me. It’s not us. It’s the fact that you decided to look, click, and keep going. That makes it distinctive from other forms of media. An astonishing amount of the information in our world arrives as interruptions. That means we have no choice but to deal with it (or at least spend time ignoring it.) 

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    With a Will, It's Done Your Way

    Think you don't need a will? Think again. A will isn't just about dividing your assets, it's also about who cares for your children. If you don't want a court to make these decisions for you, draft a will now. When your will is executed, all your wishes will be put into place when you're gone! A will is a legal document that allows you to express your wishes for distribution of your property, care for loved ones, and payment of your final expenses. It’s simple to create. But...

  • (Images courtesy of Indiana University.) From left-to-right: Nicolas Terry, Ross Silverman, Aila Hoss.

    On Opioids, We Found a Consensus Among Hoosier Experts: It's Time to Act

    The scale of the opioid crisis is enormous and growing every day and ravaging communities across the nation. Over-promotion, overprescribing, and the illegal sale and use of prescription opioids helped start a crisis that also was fueled by drug cartels, stigma, and poverty. There are clear solutions that offer an opportunity to improve the situation, but we must be willing to work collaboratively to implement them. We cannot just address the opioid crisis – we have to address...

  • Dan Arens is an Indiana-based business growth advisor.

    Business Growth: Mitigating Political Risk

    The political climate of today is caustic, to say the least. It used to be fairly straight forward; political risk related more to the toppling of foreign governments or someone seizing control in a faraway country. Not so much anymore. From videos on local street corners and their immediate impact in the media, to cybercrimes, to the potential closing of manufacturing facilities that exist half the way around the world affecting our business...

  • 2018 Best And Worst States For Business Poll Sends Clear Signals

    For the past 14 years, Chief Executive magazine has conducted a survey of CEOs to rank the Best and Worst States for Business. Factors such as tax and regulatory environment, cost and quality of talent and quality of place are ranked by state in order to arrive at an overall ranking. It is evident that CEOs surveyed in the poll are sending a clear message: taxes and regulations matter, but so does talent, quality of place and infrastructure.

  • International Travel: Handling Bank and Charge Cards

    Getting ready to travel abroad? You’ve probably spent countless hours scouring the Internet for the best accommodations and lined up an action-packed agenda. But unwelcome surprises, especially those tied to your bankcards, charge cards, and currency can quickly derail your dream vacation. Be sure you’re financially ready to travel! Vacation-Proof your Bank and Charge Cards Here are some steps you can take prior to traveling to help prevent unexpected incidents.

  • 4 Ways a Positive Company Culture Can Increase Retention and Revenue”

    According to a Deloitte study, 94 percent of executives and 88 percent of employees believe that a distinct company culture is important to business success. However, only 12 percent of executives believe their company is driving the right culture. So, what exactly is the "right" culture? Traditionally, culture is defined as the “handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth.” Over time, this definition has continually evolved.

  • Wojtowicz founded Indianapolis-based Cambridge Capital Management Corp. in 1983.

    A Gap Business Lenders Can Fill

    In our job, we talk with small business owners all over Indiana. Most are confident about the future of their companies and surrounding communities. National studies reflect this optimism. Dun & Bradstreet’s 2017 year-end survey found 84 percent of small and medium-sized business owners expecting better years this year than the already-good year they had in 2017. Other indicators are equally positive. But 55 percent of small business owners also say it is...

  • 5 Steps to Renewing a Boring Brand

    Most successful business owners know: brand matters. But in today’s environment of constant change and innovation, it can be easy for businesses to fall behind or fail to continue to distinguish themselves and their brand from the competition. What once resonated perfectly with your target audience may no longer fit the bill based on this changing environment, your changing business model, or your changing audience. And a brand that doesn’t change with the times gets left...

  • Advice for the Graduate

    It's graduation season - a time to celebrate accomplishments and plan for the future!  What financial advice does a young person need when beginning the next chapter of his/her life’s story?  Especially the ones who may not track their Uber rides and Amazon purchases! This is the time that college graduates and others who are transitioning to work say good-bye to the "sheltered" life and hello "real world."  If that’s you, are you ready ...
  • How Well Are You Tracking Your Marketing?

    One of the first metrics business owners learn about is return on investment, or ROI. Earning the highest possible ROI is critical when running a business. You make investments with the expectation that you’ll have something to show for them. So how's the ROI on your investment in marketing and advertising? If you’re like most business owners, your answer is something like "I think it's pretty good" or "things seem to be working."

  • No Degree, No Problem: Top Jobs that Don't Require a College Degree

    The professional job market is competitive, with most positions requiring a college degree just to get in the door. However, college is both expensive and a serious time commitment.  Many of those who can’t afford college are still in search of jobs that pay well and can provide a career pathway to a sustainable life. Some of these men and women are skilled at working with their hands and want to apply their craft to something other than an office setting.

  • Scott Flood is the owner of Scott Flood Writing.

    It's About People, Not Products

    Today's companies offer an amazing array of products and services. Surprisingly, the best way to promote those products and services is to stop talking about them. No, I’m not advocating that products should sell themselves, or that marketing efforts are useless. Quite the contrary. What I’m saying is that so often, companies become so focused on their products and services that they forget why those products and services exist.

  • New Employment Laws Create Roadblocks

    Hiring the right people has always been a challenge, and it's especially difficult in a low-unemployment environment. Yet that hasn't stopped some state and local governments from doing their best to complicate the hiring process. In recent years, one of the biggest issues has been so-called "ban the box" laws that prohibit employers from asking about criminal history on applications. Now it appears that data about past salaries is becoming another taboo subject.

  • Retirement Communities - What's The Appeal?

    If you are retired, or soon to be, selling your home may be a consideration. But before you downsize to a smaller home, check out Continuing Care Retirement Communities. They have a big advantage other housing can't match! Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), or life care communities, are facilities that...

  • Truck Driver Supply Impacting Cargo Hauling Demand

    The U.S. unemployment rate has moved down to 3.9 percent, which is its lowest level since December 2000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Great news! Maybe not. There are business sectors that need employees due to constraints in the labor market - namely truck drivers. The level of employment in the truck transportation industry is essentially unchanged since mid-2015, according to the bureau. And the impact is being felt.

  • Perspectives: INPower

    • Empowering Downtown Evansville's Renaissance With Smart Energy Technologies

      Downtown Evansville is undergoing a dramatic evolution, thanks in part to the state's Regional Cities Initiative, and a key contributor is the Post House - a $40 million mixed-use development that will include housing, retail and office space. However, the Post House has broader implications beyond supporting the downtown area's overall development landscape. It will serve as a "living laboratory" for smart energy research that can inform...

    • Natural Gas Fuels Financial Stability and Energy Freedom

      The logistics and refuse segments of the economy, in Indiana and across the nation, are increasingly turning to an alternative fuel that helps everyone breathe a little easier – natural gas.  There are a number of benefits of natural gas as a transportation fuel, including its domestic availability, established distribution network, relatively low cost and emissions benefits. And it’s a growing trend in the transportation sector.

    • Avoiding Accidental Franchise Pitfalls

      Most people think they know a “franchise” when they see one—McDonald’s, Subway, 7-Eleven, Anytime Fitness, to name a few. However, there are some franchise relationships that are not so obvious. Many business relationships, including those in manufacturing and distribution, could easily become “accidental” franchises if companies are not careful. 

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  • Perspectives: Manufacturing & Logistics

    • NSWC Crane Can Strengthen Indy's Economy

      Roughly 80 miles southwest of Indianapolis, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane is home to more than 3,200 personnel - approximately two-thirds of them scientists, engineers and skilled technicians. It's the only naval base not on a coast, a unique operation with a singular focus: Overcoming the technical challenges facing America's military to build a decisive technological advantage over our adversaries. 

    • Don’t let logistics be a barrier to tapping untapped markets

      In August, the RV market report (a survey of some 30 branded RV manufacturing companies) showed the best August on record since 2003. The past few months show 2017 has continued this momentum. 

    • How the Trucker E-log Law Can Impact Your Company's Cargo

      A long awaited electronic logging device (ELD) rule takes effect Dec. 16, 2017. This new federal rule, years in the making, requires truck operators to use electronic logging devices to record hours they are operating. Paper logs will no longer be kept. Company leaders that depend on their supply chain to run smoothly are encouraged to think now about how to avoid disruption. The new rule has survived numerous legal challenges. The Supreme Court rejected a request to hear arguments...

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  • Perspectives: Life Sciences

    • Licensing: Another Channel to Commercialize IP

      Sometimes commercializing university intellectual property takes the form of establishing startup companies. While startup creation and support should be encouraged, there are other -- and, depending on the situation, better -- channels to bring university faculty and staff inventions to market. 

    • Changing Industry – Continuing Opportunities

      As we reach the mid-point of 2018, there have been several significant, positive developments in Indiana’s life sciences industry, even during a time of uncertainty related to the current business environment and longer-term secular trends.  Even with these headwinds, the need for life sciences workers continues to grow and Indiana remains a state with many career opportunities.  

    • Creating Indiana’s Own Brand of Innovation

      The big picture for global agriculture is a challenging one. There will be 10 billion people on the planet in 2050, and not surprisingly all those people will want to eat. The amount of arable land available to farm is diminishing. 

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  • Perspectives: Ag INnovation

    • Rural Nonprofits Lack Planning Expertise

      There have been several efforts targeting the advancement of rural communities and their welfare. However, the nonprofits that play a pivotal role in providing service to these same areas are struggling to operate efficiently. A recent survey conducted puts the focus on their plight. Our firm appealed to over 100 organizations in a 20-county area focused in southeastern Indiana, bordered primarily by Interstates 65 and 70. The results were not surprising.

    • Avoiding Accidental Franchise Pitfalls

      Most people think they know a “franchise” when they see one—McDonald’s, Subway, 7-Eleven, Anytime Fitness, to name a few. However, there are some franchise relationships that are not so obvious. Many business relationships, including those in manufacturing and distribution, could easily become “accidental” franchises if companies are not careful. 

    • Innovate, Collaborate and Take Indiana to the Next Level

      When I think about what makes Indiana so great, many things come to mind: our stellar business climate, our world-class life sciences industry, our cutting-edge technology scene, and our enviable agriculture sector.  

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  • Perspectives: BigWigs & New Gigs

    • Michael Blickman

      Job References And The True Risks of Remaining Silent

      How ironic that we live in an information-overload world, yet we know so little about newly hired employees. Most companies follow this hiring sequence: Review resumes, hold interviews, and make the selection. But as a business owner, how much time do you spend with the selected candidates before their first day of work? Do you spend more time researching and buying a new car (or a new TV) than in selecting new employees? 

    • Mark Lawrance

      New Category in Place For 2019 IMPACT Awards

      Over a decade ago, Indiana INTERNnet began the tradition of celebrating internship excellence with the annual IMPACT Awards program. That tradition continues to grow with the addition of a fourth award category: Intern Supervisor of the Year. Indiana INTERNnet, managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, is a statewide organization focusing on talent retention through increased work-and-learn experiences.

    • Dan Arens

      The One Game to Improve Your Strategy Skills

      The decade of the 1970s was not only a tumultuous time for America, it was also a time of opportunity for Japanese automakers. The strategies they employed were taken directly from the game of games for strategists. It is also known as the game of kings. The game of chess has been around for ages. It is a game of strategy and skill that helps players with their critical decision making skills.

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      While Elkhart County is known as the Recreational Vehicle Capital of the World, companies in more diversified sectors are also enjoying significant growth. "I think (the economy) is a little stronger than people might realize and it's beyond just the RV market," Welch Packaging Chief Executive Officer Scott Welch said during an Elkhart Town Hall edition of Inside INdiana Business With Gerry Dick. His company manufactures custom corrugated boxes and he was joined by...

    • Salesforce Begins Pathfinder, Reorganization Efforts

      Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) is underway with the first cohort of its Pathfinder Training Program that is part of the tech giant's ongoing Indianapolis growth. The company is partnering with Deloitte to provide business and technical training to Ivy Tech Community College students and Hoosier veterans looking to become Salesforce administrators and developers. The program comes as the company realigns its Marketing Cloud organization. In a statement, Salesforce says it...

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      Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness has appointed Assistant Chief Ed Gebhart to chief of police for the city of Fishers. He has been with Fishers Police Department since 2000. Gebhart has held several ranks during his tenure including patrol officer, field training officer, background investigator, sergeant, director of training, patrol commander, followed by his most recent role as assistant chief in 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

    • Fort Wayne Radio Icon Butcher Passes Away

      A fixture in the Fort Wayne radio scene has passed away. Charly Butcher spent more than 30 years in Fort Wayne radio with a successful morning show on WMEE-FM and, most recently, as host of "Fort Wayne's Morning News" on WOWO radio. Butcher was 61. Butcher was part of WMEE's popular "Those Two Guys In The Morning" show with Tony Richards in the 1980s. He joined WOWO in the mid-2000s as host of "Fort Wayne's Morning News With Charly Butcher."